Driver and vehicle still not believed to be at fault.
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The incident occurred in Tempe, near Mill Avenue and Curry Road, according to local police. The vehicle was in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel when it struck a woman crossing the street outside of a crosswalk. It’s the first known fatally of a pedestrian involving a self-driving vehicle.
Following the incident, Uber has temporarily pulled its entire autonomous vehicle fleet off the road, not just in Arizona, but also in other major cities where the tech company was operating, including San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted out his condolences to the family of the victim:
The company released a statement that it will be working with local police to figure out exactly what went wrong:
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
In March 2017, another of Uber’s autonomous Volvos testing in Tempe was part of a three-car accident, resulting in the autonomous SUV ending up on its side. A police investigation found that the autonomous XC90 wasn’t at fault. Instead, another vehicle failed to yield and was responsible for the collision. Uber still responded by temporarily stopping autonomous development nationwide while examining the incident.
Source: The New York Times, ABC 15 Arizona
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